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Wednesdays, January 9 - February 13, 2019, 10:00 - 11:00 p.m. ET

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From Mussolini to Saddam Hussein, dictators have had a profound effect on the 20th century. How did they seize and wield power? What forces rose up against them or resisted them in secret? How did they finally come to the bitter end? This series answers those questions in six immersive hours, each a revealing portrait of brutality and power.

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  • PBS Announces Winter Spring 2019 Primetime Schedule

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  • The Dictator's Playbook Follows The Rise and Fall of Six 20th Century Rulers

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